Caridad’s Diary

When the Sea Fails to Respect the Havana Malecon Seawall

January 20, 2016 | 3 comments

This past Sunday, I was on my way to meet with a friend when I noticed that a number of tourists were leaving the ocean drive area in a hurry, while others enthusiastically went up to meet the waves that crashed against the seawall with more and more impetus. (23 photos)

Back in Cuba, Again

January 15, 2016 | No Comments »

I arrived in Cuba at dawn and the first thing that struck me was the light: bright, vivid. Despite the strange, metallic structure that wrapped the Capitolio building, I was pleased by the relative cleanliness of its surroundings. Later, I realized…

My Trip to the Island: It Ain’t Cuban If It Ain’t Tough

December 28, 2015 | 6 comments

We bought the tickets from Cuba’s airline company, Cubana de Aviacion. A friend forewarned us: if you don’t want to spend a few days at the airport, try to get there by 5 or 6 in the morning, even if your plane leaves at 3 in the afternoon.

The Last Stage of Venezuela’s Electoral Campaign

December 3, 2015 | No Comments »

Elections are upon us in Venezuela once again. Though these are not presidential elections and they will only decide the number of seats pro-government forces and the opposition will hold in parliament, both parties are given their all for a campaign that could put an end to the red majority at the National Assembly. (23 photos)

We Want Anita’s Son Back Alive!

October 22, 2015 | No Comments »

I don’t know how many women who have lost three of their children remain not only sane, but also committed to their struggle for life, for her rights as an indigenous woman, a woman who works the land and a mother in search of justice. (6 photos)

Animal Rights Demonstration Staged in Caracas

October 6, 2015 | No Comments »

World Animal Day was celebrated this past Sunday, October 4. In Caracas, hundreds of people rallied next to their pets to demand respect for animal rights. The rally began at Bolivar Square to the sound of rock music. (19 photos)

Old Town Caracas, Venezuela

September 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Though the locals are kind and charismatic, none of its sidestreets are very safe. These photos were taken during an activity organized by the National Photography Center, which made the needed arrangements with the police and residents of the area. (27 photos)

Venezuela: Diary of an Ordinary Wednesday

September 25, 2015 | 9 comments

Wednesday is the day when Caridad is allowed to buy basic products in Caracas if and when they are available. To play the hit-and-miss game you wait for hours in line. Rice, flour, coffee, cooking oil, milk and bathing soap and toilet paper are some of the items that often go “missing”.

Venezuela’s Crisis Is No Small Potatoes

August 24, 2015 | 14 comments

Here in Venezuela, like everything else you buy, potatoes are increasingly beyond hand’s (or pocket’s) reach. The last time I went to a market, a kilo was being sold for the equivalent of 90 USD at the official exchange rate. (21 photos)

Venezuela: Justice for Indigenous Leader Sabino Romero

August 18, 2015 | 2 comments

Sabino was not only claiming back land for the Yukpas, he was also opposed to the continuous felling of hundreds of hectares of forest for the growing of cassava and for mining.